As Google and Samsung bring generative AI to their flagship smartphones, OnePlus seemed to be becoming an outlier among top brands by not adopting the technology. Well, as it turns out, the company has also jumped on the bandwagon, as the OnePlus 11 and OnePlus 12 have received generative AI features in China.
This information comes from a Reddit user who shared a screenshot of OnePlus 11's recent ColorOS update. Don't be confused by its name. ColorOS has some differences to the Chinese version of OxygenOS (i.e. the latter uses his Google apps). Shortly after the English patch notes were posted, a user discovered on the company's Chinese community website that the same update had also been delivered to his OnePlus 12.
The feature itself is nothing groundbreaking. In fact, the Pixel 8 has a similar feature. AI Summarizer provides a way to create call summaries on your OnePlus device. According to Mishal Rahman of X (the platform formerly known as Twitter), which includes detailed information about the time spent on calls. [and] action items, etc. An article summary tool is also included. As you probably guessed, this produces a bite-sized summary of the news articles you read online.
Moving down the list, you'll find AIGC Remover to remove objects and people from your photos. It's basically Magic Eraser for Pixel 8. Finally, there's Breeno Touch. For those who don't know, Breeno is a digital assistant that comes in many phones made by Oppo, OnePlus' parent company. Touch capabilities will allow AI to “recognize content on the screen and provide quick access to related services.”
It's unclear what these “services” are, but if we had to guess wildly, they're probably related to Baidu, China's largest search engine. The tool could work similarly to Google Lens' visual search feature.
As for the rest of the patch, other non-AI features are also being introduced. This includes giving users access to the fingerprint reader without unlocking the screen and new “device movement and orientation permissions.” Android Authority explains that the latter prevents apps from taking advantage of the device's sensors, which are primarily used to detect hand gestures and display position.
Awaiting wider release
So far, there has been no announcement from OnePlus' global side as to whether this update will be extended to OxygenOS in other countries. But given the fact that several big-name brands are adding generative AI technology to their smartphones, it might just be a matter of time. As Android Authority points out, OnePlus may have wanted to include the upgrade on its flagship device, but it probably wasn't ready yet. Perhaps the development team missed the OnePlus 12's launch in China in December.
We reached out to OnePlus and asked if it plans to roll out this patch internationally. This story will be updated at a later date. Until then, check out TechRadar's list of the best OnePlus smartphones of 2024.
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